James Purpura Returns to VMI as Head Coach

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VMI has announced the hiring of James Purpura as the program’s next head men’s lacrosse coach. This hiring comes after John Birnser left his post at VMI to take over at Culver Military Academy, Ind. 

Chris Jastrzembski was first to report the news this afternoon. 

This will be Purpura’s second stint on staff at VMI. He serves as the Keydets offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 2017 and 2018. During his time running the Keydets’ offense, VMI averaged 12.50 points per game in 2018 and 12.31 points per game in 2018, ranking as the 63rd best offense in DI both years. Additionally, the Keydets saw their shooting percentage improve from .216 in 2017 to .247 in 2018 under Purpura. 

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to VMI,” Purpura said. “I have continued to follow the program from afar and now for the opportunity to be at the helm of such a prideful program is a tremendous honor. I want to thank General Peay, Dr. Diles, and the search committee for bestowing their confidence in me to coach, teach, and mentor the Keydet lacrosse program. It’s important to me to be a part of an institution that strives for excellence in everything they do and I look forward to building a culture that’s committed to preparing our cadet-athletes for a lifestyle of winning,” Purpura said in a press release. 

Purpura returns to VMI following a two-year stint as the head coach at Arcadia, where he was named the 2019 Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and led the Knights to a 14-11 record over two seasons. Arcadia went 9-9 in 2019 and was 5-2 at the time the 2020 season was cut short due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. 

A Pittsford, N.Y. native and 2013 grad of SUNY Geneseo, Purpura got his start in coaching as an assistant at SUNY Brockport before serving as a grad assistant at Frostburg State in 2014. He served as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Queens University of Charlotte in 2016 prior to his first stint at VMI. 

Three PLL Rookies Who Can Make The Biggest Impact in 2020

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The 2020 PLL Championship Series is just sixteen days away. And one of the biggest storylines heading into the 2020 season is the new players coming into the league this season, both rookies and guys picked up in the entry draft.  Continue reading “Three PLL Rookies Who Can Make The Biggest Impact in 2020”

Game Rewind: UMass vs Hofstra in 2006 NCAA Quarterfinals

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Hofstra and UMass went head-to-head at Stony Brook in the 2006 NCAA Quarterfinals. While this contest pegged two hunters looking for their first-ever Championship Weekend berth against each other, it was also a rematch of a regular-season meeting in which UMass handed Hofstra their first loss of the season.  Continue reading “Game Rewind: UMass vs Hofstra in 2006 NCAA Quarterfinals”

Lacrosse Must do Better When it Comes to Race

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As a white man in America, I will never absolutely know or understand the struggles of being black in America. But I have always and will continue to stand with my black brothers and sisters in the ever-present battle against the systemic racism that the black community has fought for too long.  Continue reading “Lacrosse Must do Better When it Comes to Race”

What Would Robert Morris Leaving the NEC Mean for Lacrosse?

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Robert Morris is exploring options to leave the Northeast Conference (NEC) for the Horizon League, according to reports. The MAAC has also been cited as a potential landing spot for the Colonials, but there seems to be more smoke surrounding them potentially joining the Horizon League.  Continue reading “What Would Robert Morris Leaving the NEC Mean for Lacrosse?”

Members of The Lacrosse Community React in Wake of Protests Over Racial Injustice

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This week has been a tough one in America, as protests have erupted across the nation following the murders of Ahmad Aubery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. The three cases are just the most recent and highly publicized acts of violence and racial injustice against the African-American community by police officers, which is a trend that has carried on for over a century. 

Continue reading “Members of The Lacrosse Community React in Wake of Protests Over Racial Injustice”

Best Season For Every CAA Program

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College lacrosse has a rich history, filled with endless stories and legends. 

And while the game is still growing at the college level and some programs have been around way longer than others, there is a certain amount of history at every program that can be heralded.  Continue reading “Best Season For Every CAA Program”

PLL Announces Week Six Stop in Minneapolis

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The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) has announced that they will be making a stop in Minneapolis, Minn. for week six of the 2020 season. Viking Lakes and TCO Stadium in Eagan, Minn. will play host to the PLL during their week six stop on July 11th and 12th.  Continue reading “PLL Announces Week Six Stop in Minneapolis”

Teams Who Have Impressed During the First Month of The Season

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After Week five action, the 2019-20 NLL season has been alive for roughly a month now. While the scheduling hasn’t allowed for every team or player the same opportunity to showcase their talents equally, there have certainly been teams that have stood out during the first month of the season. Continue reading “Teams Who Have Impressed During the First Month of The Season”